ocular decongestant

decongestant, ocular

A pharmaceutical agent used to reduce hyperaemia in the eye, usually by vasoconstriction. Decongestants are weak concentrations of sympathomimetic or alpha-adrenergic agonists. Examples: adrenaline (epinephrine); naphazoline hydrochloride; phenylephrine hydrochloride, tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride. A decongestant can also be used to differentiate between conjunctival and ciliary injection; if the instillation of a decongestant alleviates eye redness the injection is primarily conjunctival, otherwise the redness is of ciliary origin.
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The dynamics have changed within the overall category as well in the past year, with general eye care (artificial tear solutions, ointments, gels, ocular decongestants, ocular supplements and other products) accounting for 47.
which makes lens care items, prescription drugs to treat diseases of the eye, and over-the-counter artificial tears and ocular decongestants -- recently rolled out Complete, a one-bottle solution for cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing soft contact lenses.
Eyewashes and eye 'brighteners' are general sales list (GSL), with the latter being an alternative to pharmacy (P)-medicines containing topical ocular decongestants or a decongestant and antihistamine.
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B&L's Moisture Drops artificial tears are starting to take hold, he notes, adding that doctors are suggesting such moisturizers instead of ocular decongestants.